The world is an exceedingly strange place when products that are designed to kill unwanted and uncared for “pests” have fragrance chemicals added to change the way they smell, and those fragrance chemicals are better regulated than the ones in products we living (wanted and cared for?) humans are sold, for intimate use, on a daily basis.
1.indicating a person or thing that kills: insecticide
2.indicating a killing; murder: homicide
How is it that the fragrances added to pesticides are more regulated than the fragrances we are exposed to 24/7 now, from laundry, personal care, cleaning products, scented candles and air “fresheners” (among others, as everything is fragranced these days)?
Posted in Air Quality, Ecocide, Environmental Health, Fragrance, Pesticides
Tagged Fragrance, fragrance chemicals, fragrance ingredients, hazardous air pollutants, health hazards, laundry products, perfumes, pesticides, petrochemicals, product safety, public health risks, regulations, scented products, toxic chemicals
This is the most significant issue I have with MCS/ES, the ways my brain (and functioning) are affected from exposures to chemicals in everyday products.
I suspect (and I am not the only one) that some of the bigger problems we are seeing in society now, are due to widespread neuro-toxic chemicals (in addition to wireless radiation) affecting too many people’s ability to think clearly.
Our intelligence depends on the integrity of the complete organ. Even subtle effects, such as memory deficits, attention problems, or motor dysfunction, can seriously impact on our health. Thus, the brain differs substantially from other important organs, such as the kidney or the liver, where we can lead successful lives without maximal function…
Our brain functions are valuable to ourselves and to society. Data on exposures to lead, mercury, and pesticides suggest that the losses to society amount to hundreds of billions of dollars every year. This calculation is based solely on losses of income and does not take into account less tangible damages associated with chemical brain drain
(chemicals known to cause brain toxicity and neurological symptoms in humans)
Someone needs to check IFRA’s list of ingredients to see how many of these are used in fragrances, I think too many…
Posted in Chemicals, Environmental Health, Multiple Chemical Sensitivities, Neurotoxicity, Pregnancy, Toxic Trespass
Tagged autism, brain, brain fog, brain injury, central nervous system, chemical brain drain, fragrance ingredients, hazardous air pollutants, MCS/ES, Philippe Grandjean, phthalates
Women’s Voices for the Earth recently released a new report, called “Secret Scents“. It highlights the need for ingredient transparency by the companies that create fragranced products, since right now we have almost no way of knowing what is causing the fragrance allergies and other serious health effects people experience when exposed to fragrances. These adverse health effects are increasing, especially in children.
Amazingly, companies are not required by the FDA or EPA to disclose fragrance ingredients, so it is difficult for anyone to pinpoint specific fragrance allergens and sensitizers among the hundreds of ingredients that can make up a scent.
Another report was also just released, this one on endocrine disrupting chemicals. Some fragrance ingredients, like phthalates (see below) are also endocrine disruptors, while others are known carcinogens and/or neurotoxic!
Posted in Accessibility, Environmental Health, Fragrance, Images, Public Health
Tagged endocrine disrupting chemicals, environmental sensitivities, fragrance chemicals, fragrance ingredients, fragrance-free, health, health care, multiple chemical sensitivities, phthalates, science